Friday, December 31, 2010

Winter Light

This is probably the last painting for 2010. Here's to 2011 being a great year for art!

Winter Light
Oil / Canvas
11" x 14"

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

A Snow Covered Tree Branch

A Snow Covered Tree Branch
Oil / Canvas
8" x 6"
Plein Air

Got up this morning to find out that the mountains had received a lot of snow. So I headed out towards Monarch mountain. My goal was to find some nice snow covered pine trees to paint. Walking out into the woods I found this back light tree branch that I found interesting.

As the sun was coming out the snow on the trees started to melt. Of course, I should have known, a glob of snow fell from a tree above and landed on the palette with a big piece landing directly in my turp jar. Well I guess that's plein air painting. I pulled that snow piece out of my jar, moved the easel, and finished the painting.

Took a photo of where I set up. That's the branch I painted in the middle.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Rolling In

Rolling In
12" x 16"
Oil / Canvas

2011 Governor's Art Award Submission for Salida

Here's Pt 1 of the video for the 2011 Governor's Art Award Submission for Salida, CO. I'm towards the end at about 6:53.

1st Annual Gallery Row Holiday Block Party

Here a couple photos of the live music I had at my gallery from last nights block party. It was a lot of fun! Thanks to all who came out and all the businesses that participated

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Break in the Snow

Break In The Snow
Oil / Canvas
10" x 14"

Out of Shadow

Out of Shadow
oil / canvas
10" x 14"

This painting was done with about 99% palette knife. I wanted to play with the palette knife and experiment with color in this piece.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010


Sunset Glory
Oil / Canvas
32" x 48"

The sky was like it was on fire that night and I just had to make a painting of it. It truly is God's Country in the mountains of Colorado.

Nude Studies

Oil / Canvas
10" x 20"

Seated Nude Study
Oil / Canvas

Monday, November 22, 2010

Hills and Snow

Hills and Snow
24" x 48"
Oil on Panel

For this piece I wanted to capture an interesting design and a sense of the light, texture, and depth of the space. I painted on Panel, which I thought helped build the type of textures I wanted. I layered paint on switching between palette knife and brush.


Friday, November 19, 2010

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Snowy Creek Plein Air

Snowy Creek
9" x 12"
Oil / Canvas

This is one from yesterday, done on location. I walked out to the spot, got set up, and found out that I had forgotten my brushes! However, I had my trusty palette knife. So I decided to paint it all with a palette knife.

Green Pear, Lemon Yellow

Green Pear, Lemon Yellow
Oil / Canvas
10" x 10"

Friday, November 5, 2010

Cold Steel

Cold Steel
9" x 12"
Oil / Canvas

Worked with "cool" light in this painting. So I thought the title Cold Steel was a fitting title with the cold color look in the painting.

Here's the beginning of the painting. Just making indications of where things are.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Jack Painting Demo

To start, I made a rough drawing. Making dry brushed marks that are not fully committed to the location of shapes and edges. You can "sneak up" on more accurate marks later this way.

Blocking in the shadow shapes here. This is where the more committed drawing takes place. It's thin so there's still room for adjustments. Observing how the shadows are connected here.

Blocking in the background. The background is real simple, so why not get it all in first.

The full block in. Getting in all the basic planes.

From here you can move in for the placement of the features. Things still aren't fully committed yet to their location and size relationships. That's the great thing about oils, you can take a brush and move it around on the surface until it's in the right spot.

I haven't placed in my darkest darks or dark accents in the face yet or even my brightest brights in it either. I wanted the in between values placed first and then carve out the high and low values.

Oil / Canvas

The final painting. From the block in to the final you can see what was adjusted how the darks and lights were added to define the form more.

I used the palette knife to sharpen some edges. Generally, I'll work from thin to thick in paint and soft to crisp in edges. Although, it doesn't matter how you start your edges, you could start with all sharp and then soften them in the end.

Colorado Mountain Plein Air Festival

Last month I was in the Colorado Mountain Plein Air Festival. Here are a couple paintings I did for the show:

Oil / Canvas

Me and Karen painted at this location and it ended up raining on us. I told Karen she's an official plein air painter now that she painted in the rain.

John Deere

This is the painting I did for the quick paint I think I spent around an Hour and half on it. I'm making this quick sketch for sale on my Etsy shop.

Below is a photo my friend Steve Easterwood took of me painting at the quick paint

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Figure Study

Figure Study
Oil / Canvas
8" x 16"

Been enjoying painting monochromes lately. I usually use a venetian red color mixture but I've been liking Permanent Red Deep with Raw Sienna color mixture for these.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Monochrome Portrait

Oil / Canvas
14" x 11"

This portrait came from an old photograph I found. I love old photos, the characters and expressions in them I find very interesting. This guys wild hair and piercing expression caught my eye.

Light on Cascade Falls II

Light On Cascade Falls II
Oil on Canvas
11" x 14"
Plein Air

I did an 8x10 of this scene outdoors and I decided to try the same comp a little bit larger outdoors again. Hence the title Light on Cascade Falls II

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Plein Air Moab!

Last week I participated in the Plein Air Moab Utah show. It was a lot of fun! Met up with some friends and painted with my friend Josh Been a lot. The show was great! It had a lot of great paintings. I had two in the show, One for the Oil category and the other in the Quick Draw category. Both pieces sold! The painting in the Oil category had the most bids out of any painting in the show! (they ran out of room on the silent auction sheet)

Below are the paintings I brought back with me:

Canyon Reflections
Oil 8" x 10"

Canyon Light
Oil 11" x 14"

Desert Tower
Oil 12" x 12"

Arch Window
Oil 10" x 12"

I decided to put these paintings up for sale at a discounted price on my etsy store. These have some really great prices for original art. Follow the link on the side banner -->